NFL to honor Hall of Fame players with HBCU ties


Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who attended historically black colleges and universities, including Michael Strahan of Texas Southern, Ken Houston of Prairie View A&M and former Oilers great Elvin Bethea, will be recognized at NRG Stadium before Super Bowl LI as part of the NFL’s new alliance with the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Houston, who played for the Oilers from 1967-72, and Strahan, who played for the Giants team that won Super Bowl XLII, will be among the former SWAC players who will be honored on the field before the Feb. 5 game. Bethea, who played for the Oilers from 1968-83, attended college at North Carolina A&T.

The Super Bowl recognition is part of the new NFL/ HBCU alliance known as the Strength of HBCUs, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948, which commenced at Saturday’s Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.

The NFL announced this year that the Black College Hall of Fame will move to Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio.

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